James Forsyth

An important member of the class of 2010

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Dominic Raab, who has just been selected for the safe Tory seat of Esher and Walton, will be a formidable addition to the Tory benches. Raab is a lawyer who currently serves as chief of staff to Dominic Grieve, the shadow Justice Secretary. I don’t agree with all of Raab’s views, but he will be a significant player in the debate that the party will have to have once it is in power about where the balance should be struck between civil liberties and anti-terrorist measures.

One interesting thing to watch after the next election is how many of the 2010 intake are offered ministerial jobs straight away. This will be a delicate party management issue for Cameron as there is already grumbling from some members of the front bench about the possibility of them being cast aside in favour of members of the 2010 intake after the election.  

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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